Presented on this heirloom quality case is a scene from the first ever International Professional golf match between Scotland and England, over the ball is the six times Open Champion: Harry Vardon (a record that still stands today). Not only was Vardon famous for his golfing skills, he was famed for his use of the interlocking grip, which is now universally used by modern golfers. He also led the yesteryear fashion of wearing plus fours. Featured in the grouping around him are J. H. Taylor, James Braid and Sandy Herd, all Open Champions and golfing greats of the day.
Awarding solid Silver Golf spoons to competition winners can be traced back to the early 1900’s. Designs of the spoons varied from club to club and from year to year, the weight of the silver in the spoon back in the day was very valuable.
Until the late 1920’s only men were awarded competition silver spoons. Ladies would have won silver buttons usually with the name of the golf club stamped into the design. From the 1930’s sets of spoons were starting to be awarded to tournament winners. Although rare, ladies silver spoons from this era can be found and are prized by collectors.
Many of the spoons would have been crafted by renowned silversmiths in London, Birmingham, Sheffield and Edinburgh. A vital feature on all the spoons are the hallmarks which had to be carried on all British silver by law, these marks help us today in dating and proving their provenance.